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Third Annual April Food Day Kicks Off in the Chicago Southland The Chicago Southland hospitality industry is leading the way this year in the South-Southwest Suburban United Way’s annual April Food Day. Nineteen drop-off points have been established throughout 12 communities in the Chicago Southland region and are now collecting food through Wednesday, April 1st, 2015. They include hotels and park districts. For a list of locations and more information about April Food Day, visit www.Facebook.com/AprilFoodDay.
On April 1st, all the collected food will be taken to the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, Ill., from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The food will then be packed up and taken to six local food pantries and shelters throughout the Chicago Southland. They include: Respond Now - Chicago Heights, Ford Heights Community Service Organization, Richton Park Food Pantry, Catholic Charities (South Holland), Restoration Ministries – South Holland and Together We Cope – Tinley Park.
Local food pantries estimate that the need for food and toiletries has more than doubled in the past five years. While many individuals think of food pantries during the winter months, need is typically higher in spring and summer as donations decrease and supplies diminish. Last year, we as a community raised over 7,000 pounds of food locally and are wanting to bring in more than 10,000 pounds this year. This is a great event for us to come together, help those who are in need and make a positive impact in our community.
Achieving a positive change in supporting those in the greatest of need takes a broad movement of people, leveraging our time, our collective voice and our resources. Together, we can change the story for more than one million people across our region. United Way Contacts Yvonne Orr – Chief Professional Officer South-Southwest Suburban United Way Phone: 708-248-7910 Yvonne.Orr@uw-mc.org
Chicago Southland CVB Contact Juston Teach – Communications Manager Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau Phone: 708-895-8200 Juston@VisitChicagoSouthland.com Bianca Spratt – Relationship Manager South-Southwest Suburban United Way Phone: 708-248-7910 Bianca.Spratt@uw-mc.org
Media Fact Sheet About April Food Day: April Food Day is an event to promote awareness of food pantries by bringing your local community together to participate in a local food drive. We are excited to honor food pantry employees and celebrate the volunteers that support them. We are growing into the single largest day of food drives across communities. April Food Day burst on the scene in Illinois with a food drive on April 18, 2013 with hotels, churches, schools and businesses across communities collecting food and having fun.
Food Pantries Being Served By the 2015 April Food Day Drive • Respond Now - Chicago Heights • Ford Heights Community Service Organization • Richton Park Food Pantry • Catholic Charities (South Holland) Food Pantry • Restoration Ministries – South Holland • Together We Cope – Tinley Park
ALSIP Baymont Inn & Suites 12801 S. Cicero Avenue DoubleTree by Hilton 5000 W. 127th Street CALUMET CITY Baymont Inn & Suites 510 East End Avenue Sandridge Community Center 600 Oglesby CRETE Crete Park District 515 First Street CRESTWOOD Holiday Inn Express 13330 S. Cicero Avenue FLOSSMOOR Coyote Run Golf Course 800 Kedzie Avenue Goldberg 3301 Flossmoor Road HOMEWOOD HF Racquet & Fitness Club 2920 W. 183rd Street Irwin Community Center 18120 Highland Avenue LANSING Comfort Suites 2235 W. 173rd Street MONEE Americas Best Value Inn 5815 W. Monee - Manhattan Road OAK FOREST BEST WESTERN PLUS Chicago Southland 4375 Frontage Road Terrace Motel 15353 S. Cicero Avenue ORLAND PARK Comfort Inn & Conference Centre 8800 W. 159th Street SOUTH HOLLAND Clarion Inn 610 Tollview Drive TINLEY PARK Hilton Garden Inn 18335 LaGrange Road Holiday Inn Hotel & Tinley Park Convention Center 18501 Convention Center Drive LaQuinta Inn & Suites 7255 W. 183rd Street